The industry of speakers in this day and age is focused on voice-activated devices, and JBL is one company that is all-in on this. Today, we’ll be focusing on the favorite from JBL’s Link line of speakers, and this is the JBL Link 300. It’s a much smaller device compared to JBL’s top-of-the-line Link 500, but it’s much bigger compared to the portable Link 10 and 20 speakers.
Although the JBL Link 300 isn’t a portable type of speaker, it’s still an exceptional alternative to the more expensive competitors like the Google Home Max. The Link 300 is a highly capable device and you will surely enjoy its warm sounds and powerful bass response. For its size, the Link 300 can get really loud and can drop some serious bass, and when it comes to its value, it’s definitely incomparable to the more expensive competition.
Is the JBL Link 300 really a good speaker to have? We’ll find out if it’s as good as the company claims it to be, and if it’s worth purchasing to make for a great sound system. Let’s first check out what’s included in the box of this JBL speaker.
JBL Link 300 Review – What’s in the Box?
First off, let’s check out the packaging of the JBL Link 300. It comes in an orange and white box – a common sight for most packages of JBL’s speakers. In front of the box, you’ll find the product’s image together with the company and product name which can be found on the upper left portion of the box. On its right, you will see certain details written about the device and at the back, you’ll find another image of the JBL Link 300 and a list of its key features. We appreciate that JBL decided to put a handle right at the top of the box to make it easier to carry the speaker.
Now for the fun part – checking what other items are included in the box. The package isn’t really difficult to open since you’ll just need to pull out the tab before tugging on the lid. Once you’ve opened the box, the very first thing that you’ll see is the device’s quick start guide; you’ll need to pull out another cover to get to the other portions of the box. Under the cover is a layer of EPS foam which adds more protection to your speaker. Inside, you’ll see another black box that holds the manual and power supply; lastly, you’ll find the JBL Link 300 itself which is wrapped in a cloth-like plastic container to prevent the device from acquiring any damages.
JBL Link 300 Review – Pumpin’ Beats with Google Assist
The Link 300 is a speaker from JBL that features a sleek, all-black exterior with the company’s signature cloth cover. The design leaves the device looking like a stretched-out portable Bluetooth speaker which makes this unique compared to other similar products from JBL.
If you look at the back of the device, you’ll find the Link 300’s exposed woofer, while the front portion features the device’s black grille. We really liked how sleek and classy the speaker looks, but if you aren’t really a fan of the all-black style, then you can just opt for the Link 300’s all-white version instead. Right at the top of the speaker, you will find the control buttons that you’ll need for Bluetooth pairing, volume controls, Google Assistant, mic mute, and the playback button.
It’s honestly nice to see that JBL included physical buttons to their smart speaker since a lot of their competitors rely on gesture or voice controls. There are times when a single button is necessary to quickly and easily control your speakers. Just keep in mind that the power supply for the JBL Link 300 is quite large, so it may be visible in some setups. But don’t worry, since the power brick makes it easier to plug the device into the wall; this is because it doesn’t take up a number of the power outlets on a surge.
The JBL Link 300 has a width of 236 millimeters, a height of 134 millimeters, and a depth of 154 millimeters; when it comes to its weight, it is a total of 3.75 pounds. The speaker utilizes an AC power adapter and has a 25-Watt output power, while the drivers of this Bluetooth speaker include a 3.5-inch woofer and one 0.8-inch tweeter. The speaker has a frequency response ranging from 55 Hz to 22 kHz (-6dB) and its signal to noise ratio is >80dB. For its connectivity interfaces, these include Bluetooth version 4.2 and IEEE 802.11 b / g / n / ac. The JBL Link 300 supports audio formats MP3, WAV (LPCM), HE-AAC, LC-AAC, FLAC, Vorbis, and Opus.
The JBL Link 300 isn’t just a simple speaker since it’s packed with a lot of features that you’ll greatly appreciate. The speaker has a built-in Google Assistant that you can utilize when you need some help with the device. The Link 300 also provides hands-free voice controls which allow for easier operation.
We tried asking a couple of questions from across our work area and the speaker responded adequately without any delays. It’s also great that JBL made things easier for everyone by providing a simple setup via the Google Home app which can be downloaded for Android and iOS. With this, you’ll be able to easily manage and setup your Link 300 speakers.
The Link 300 is a voice-activated speaker and is also Bluetooth & Wi-Fi enabled; the device delivers outstanding room-filling sounds that is crisp, clean, and clear. You can also consider it as your personal Google, so you can have the Link 300 do things: you can start with a simple “Ok Google” to trigger the JBL Link 300 to play music, podcasts, or even the radio from services such as Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, and a lot more. The Link 300 can also be connected to Chromecast built-in speakers to let you enjoy the same songs in every room available.
- Transducer1 x 89mm woofer, 1 x 20mm tweeter
- Output power2 x 25W
- Frequency response55Hz–22kHz (-6dB)
- Signal-to-noise ratio>80dB
- Power supply19VDC, 3.0A
- Wireless network802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)
- Bluetooth® version4.2
- Supported audio formatsHE-AAC, LC-AAC, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC, Opus
- Dimensions (W x H x D)236mm x 134mm x 154mm
- 7 kg
Using the Product
Setting up your JBL Link 300 speaker is relatively easy and it’s quite similar to the setup process of any Google-branded smart devices. You’ll just need to download application then follow its simple, step-by-step guide, then login the Google Home app to be able to manage your speaker.
After initializing, the Link 300 will register as a Google Cast device, allowing you to podcast, stream music, or enjoy radio directly from your smartphone to speaker. When you’re managing the Google Home app, you can readily control the multi-room playback across speakers via Chromecast built-in; since the Link 300 is also a Wi-Fi enabled device, it lets you enjoy high-quality, 24-bit / 96 kHz streaming.
The JBL Link 300 also features two mics located at the top of the device; it’s placed together with a couple of physical buttons such as the volume controls. You can readily access the Google Assistant just by pressing the middle button located at the top of the speaker. You really don’t have to say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” first to make the device work.
Alternatively, you can also call the Link 300 by saying “Hey Google”; and from there, a collection of LEDs (which also doubles as the speaker’s battery life indicator) lights up to indicate that the Link 300 is ready to take your command.
If you’re into loud, reverberating bass that rattles your furniture, then the Link 300 is the choice for you. The speaker rounds out sound with mid-range tones and full vocals, producing excellent audio for your enjoyment. The Link 300 is basically one of the loudest speakers we’ve tried out, pushing a hundred decibels which is slightly more than some of the other speakers we’ve tested.
We also tried maximizing its volume to see if we’d get any distorted sounds; surprisingly, it was fairly clear without any issues, so we’re giving a thumbs-up for JBL when it comes to the Link 300’s sounds. We mentioned earlier that the Link 300 has a lot of bass going on, but even if this is the case, it never detracts from the treble or distorts vocals even when the speaker is on maximum level. When it comes to rhythmic drums, it is also easy to segregate from the consistent synth beats.
When we played our tunes, the sounds produced was clear and full; the guitar string plucks also received a lot of high-frequency clarity, as well as low-frequency resonance which really filled the room. When the bass kicked in, it gave all the tracks more power without dominating the guitar or drums; this leaves adequate room for the vocals to blend in perfectly to share the spotlight.
The JBL Link 300 is one of the best products in the company’s line of Google Home speakers. For its low price, you get a speaker with good-quality sounds and high bass boost; don’t forget the handy controls.
This device can do almost everything that a Google Home Max or Google Home Speaker can offer; plus, it sounds really good especially if you want a sound profile with loud bass to focus on deep grooves. If you plan to upgrade your smart speaker’s sounds, the JBL Link 300 is worth trying.
All in all, we think that the JBL Link 300 is one of the best speakers of its kind, and we recommend this if you need a speaker to play dance music for a party.
Where to Buy
If you want to have the JBL Link 300, you can purchase this for only $349AUD via JBL’s official website.